Two Oceans from South Africa is likely one of many wines I gloss over at my nearby wine shoppes and never think to purchase. Actually I know it is because I can’t recall ever having any of their wines. This is not meant as a negative. It’s just the reality of things. There is so much wine in the world that there will never be enough time to consume it all. I can come close but what would be the fun in that? It’s something about a journey.
Just like last week I’m following these newly created wine celebration days, and intend to honor these days just like they were the big holidays of the year. Ok, maybe not that overly sentimental and dopey, but I think you know what I’m saying. With that being said, National Sauvignon Blanc Day took place (as of this posting) two days ago, on the 24th.
I have some friends, men and women, close to me who find Sauvignon Blanc to be their favorite wine and drink it exclusively. Well I don’t know how believable that is but I’ll take them at their word. It’s not one of my favorites but I’ve had some varietals that were pleasing to the palate, easy to drink, and went down smoothly. I basically used the similar terms in three different fashions. Yeah.
So the 2015 Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc can be classified as one of those aforementioned descriptions. It started off slow mainly because I wanted to sip immediately. That’s me being a little too excited. I had the company of a friend who reminded me to let it breathe. For the initial first few sips gave me a headache. And that’s not how you want to judge a wine, especially for such a monumental occasion.
After a few minutes things did open up nicely. My friend agreed that the wine went down easy, and this was without having any food to pair with. I would say this leans more towards the medium bodied Blancs that may require some finger foods or a meal.
Well the suggestions the bottle reads were unavailable to us but thankfully we had some hummus and carrots to help ease our appetite. It wasn’t the warmest or sunniest of days but as the weather improves the lighter and healthier choices will hopefully take precedent. Easier said that done, maybe. But this wine, with a little conversation and good times, got better after each sip and after each glass.
One of the joys of sharing wine with someone is it takes on a life of its own. After a while the setting becomes just as, if not more important than the wine itself. And if the time is enjoyable than the wine itself becomes the same. And sometimes a wine tastes that much better than it has any reason to be. I’m not sure how to categorize this one other than it was a grower. And at $10 or less in most shoppes, it’s a good value and an easy-drinking wine that can he had immediately and for any occasion.
It’s not the best I’ve ever had but it did its job nevertheless. And the images on the label do remind one of the warmer weather months. And that’s always a good thing.
If it wasn’t for wine I wouldn’t know what Gooseberry is. I may or may not have had it in other whites but the taste has been hard to detect for me. Tropical fruits and a smooth finish make this wine what it is. I would love to try similar wines with similar fruits and berries to see if certain ones stand out. With the weather getting brighter this is a strong possibility.
So far I think this is a good starting point.
When presented the opportunity I would be delighted to sample more of their wines and hope I get to do just that.
I hope you had a Happy Sauvignon Blanc Day, which like any other wine day, doesn’t need a specific day to celebrate. But I think it does add to the fun.
More fun days to come.